Sparkling Citrus Pineapple Punch

Citrus Pineapple Punch-1-26I’ve always been a big citrus lover. If you come into my kitchen, you will always find lemon in my fruit bowl and all throughout wintertime, we enjoy oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and lime. I add citrus to both savory and sweet dishes. Of course, when citrus is in abundance, it’s only natural to drink as much of it as possible. Our favorite beverage would have to be Mint Lemonade. Everyone in our family loves it.
For something a little extraordinary, this Sparking Citrus Pineapple Punch is perfect.  You can use any combination of citrus juice and add sparkling soda to give it some sparkle and fizz. Even though I love eating citrus segments, drinking the juice straight up is over the top and too cloying for my tastebuds. Adding sparkling soda to any juice is a trick that my husband and I like to use any time we have juice of any kind. Using mint and the fruit slices gives the punch a really nice fresh and bright flavor. 
Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple orange concentrate
3 cups orange/tangerine juice
1 lemon – juiced
1 lime – juiced
1 lemon, lime, orange and mandarin, each sliced
1/4 of a fresh pineapple, peeled and sliced (or 1 cup pineapple chunks)
1 bunch mint
33.8 oz sparkling soda
sugar, to taste, if needed
Yields: Approximately 2 quarts
Instructions:
Citrus Pineapple Punch-1-14Combine all the juices and concentrate in a large pitcher or a large bowl.
Instead of concentrate or store bought juice, you can use freshly squeezed juice.  Refrigerate until ready to serve. Citrus Pineapple Punch-1-15
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Citrus Pineapple Punch-1-18When you are ready to serve, pour in the sparkling soda.Citrus Pineapple Punch-1-19

Citrus Pineapple Punch-1-20Add the slices of fruit and mint to a pitcher and pour in the punch.

I'm sure you'll find me in the kitchen making citrus drinks all winter; it's only right to take advantage of the orange tree that grows right outside our bedroom window.

I’m sure you’ll find me in the kitchen making citrus drinks all winter; it’s only right to take advantage of the orange tree that grows right outside our bedroom window.

Citrus Pineapple Punch-1-22The soda will become flat the longer that it stands and the mint will turn gray/brown, so that’s why it’s important to add them only when you are ready to serve the punch. You can also use ginger ale, lemon lime or sprite soda instead of the sparkling soda.

Citrus Pineapple Punch-1-24Sweeten with sugar or honey to taste. I didn’t add any additional sugar, but I don’t like my drinks to be sweet, so use your own judgment. It will also depend on how sweet the juice is. Citrus Pineapple Punch-1-25
Citrus Pineapple Punch
 
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Recipe type: Miscellaneous
Serves: 2 quarts
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pineapple orange concentrate
  • 3 cups orange/tangerine juice
  • 1 lemon - juiced
  • 1 lime - juiced
  • 1 lemon, lime, orange and mandarin, each sliced
  • ¼ of a fresh pineapple, peeled and sliced (or 1 cup pineapple chunks)
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 33.8 oz sparkling soda
  • sugar, to taste, if needed
Instructions
  1. Combine all the juices and concentrate in a large pitcher or a large bowl. Instead of concentrate or store bought juice, you can use freshly squeezed juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. When you are ready to serve, pour in the sparkling soda.
  3. Add the slices of fruit and mint to a pitcher and pour in the punch. The soda will become flat the longer that it stands and the mint will turn gray/brown. You can also use ginger ale, lemon lime or sprite soda instead of the sparkling soda.
  4. Sweeten with sugar or honey to taste. I didn’t add any additional sugar, but I don’t like my drinks to be sweet, so use your own judgment. It will also depend on how sweet the juice is.
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